A07 NATIONAL AMATEUR MIXED DOUBLES; DECEMBER 7TH & 8TH, 2015 at Avon Park.
Avon Park of the Central District has hosted the only US National Mixed Doubles for State AMs and AMs, every year since 2004.
This event, we believe, is Very Special for a number of reasons.
First; it is the ONLY National Mixed Doubles in FL!
Second; ONLY at a National event, can you earn a once in a life time Pin!
Third; we are going to tell you A Story of Courage!! The Story of the very first Woman to win this tournament!! The then US National President sent this message as soon as he received the results:
“It gives me great pleasure to compliment Juanita Harlow on her 1st place finish in The Avon Park National Amateur Mixed Doubles. When you read the report by Stan McCormack and become aware of the physical conditions Juanita has overcome to play this wonderful game of shuffleboard, to win a National Tournament, can only be described as fantastic.
Jim Clayton, National Shuffleboard Association President. 2004 12 16
Remember: If you are a Shuffler anywhere in FL, a Shuffler who is NOT A PRO, you are eligible to enter this very special event!
Stan McCormack. 2015 11 15.
A STORY OF ETERNAL OPTIMISM!! (AN ENCORE PRESENTATION)
TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED! This phrase from a lady who has been through more suffering than most of us are able to comprehend! Juanita Harlow just won the National Amateur Mixed Doubles held at Avon Park ~ Dec 14, 2004, and in conversation with her I described her win as a Wonderful Victory ~ she repeated the words with sincerity and thankfulness!! In 2000, Juanita as a District Amateur, placed in the District Masters. In January of 2001 she underwent a hip replacement. She picked up an infection while in the hospital and since that date has had 6 operations and three (3) hips. For a period of 6 months, Juanita had no hip and during that time she got around with the aid of a walker. She told me that without a hip, your foot will not move forward without a conscious message from your brain, that is, you must tell your foot to go forward. Juanita has rebounded!! She began shuffling on October 6th of this Oct, and to-day, she with partner Don Rood, finished 1st in the National Mixed Doubles ~ an accomplishment that few of us can grasp. Immediately after the Club President presented the coveted National Pin to Juanita, she rushed over to Lois, and said: “Pin this on me, right now!!” Along with the phrase I have used as the title of this article, Juanita often employs two others: “We must be powerful, not pitiful; and we must get better, not bitter”!! The spirit and attitude expressed by these phrases, coupled with a strong belief in God has helped Juanita during what can only be described as a period of hell. However; had you been present to-day to hear the cheers and the clapping when she won, and the many embraces from fellow players, you could understand why there was nothing but joy in her heart and a look of quiet confidence and satisfaction in her smile. All Shufflers salute this Act of Courage by Juanita Harlow.
The original story ended here on December 14th of 2004. One would think that Juanita would be “home free” from here on in >> that is she would live a life free of pain and full of happiness!! I am told that the “full of happiness” continues to be her trade mark >> but the unfortunate incidents with regard to her “aches and breaks” also continue. Juanita had her right shoulder replaced this spring (2007) >> and YOU GUESSED IT, that same shoulder must be replaced one more time!! We do hope that she is not going to match her hip replacement record??? John Bushe tells me that she continues to maintain her extremely positive attitude toward life; and while she has been forced to cease selling 50/50 at both Avon and Sebring; she has announced to John that he is to hold her “position open” because she will be back on the perch just as soon as she gets sufficient movement in her arm!! She went on to say that she also expects to be Back on the Courts Shuffling Up a Storm!! NOW THAT IS THE KIND OF ATTITUDE WE ALL NEED!!!
Stan of THE SHUFFLER 2007 12 14.
It was great speaking with you to-day, Tuesday, (2015 12 09). Your spirits never seem to waiver; we can still use the title >> Too Blessed To Be Stressed!!
So glad that you proudly hang the picture of you and Don Rood, taken on the day you won the very first Amateur US National Mixed Doubles. So glad you remember rushing over to Lois and asking her to “Pin this on me right now”!! (This being the coveted US National Pin!!)
As I explained to you, the tournament has been officially named the Juanita Harlow Amateur Mixed Doubles and although Avon Park has hosted the event since you and Don won the very first such event, this is the first time it has been named in your honor!! In this regard, I am so glad the serving US National President, Sandi Quinn, called you to share that with you. I have included a summary of her call to you. (See the file in red ink.)
Also included in the envelope is a Card signed by all who were present on Opening Day, the Newspaper article, colored pictures of some of the people mentioned; note in particular Winnie Wells and Ruth Brown as well as the 1st place finishers on Tuesday, the Nobels. Several other files of interest are also in the envelope.
All Shufflers who have participated in the event, OR WILL PARTICIIPATE in the event, SALUTE YOU!!
Stan McCormack. 2015 12 09.